Here is a recipe from a nice race fan I met back around 2005 when I was working on my book Checkered Flag Cooking. I met Dan at a USAR Hooters Procup race as I naturally gravitated towards his massive tailgate when I was walking from the media area to my jeep. Keep this in mind, the USAR Hooter's Series was a pretty cool racing series - but in no way compared attendance wise to a NASCAR race.
Sure, there were people with grills. But Dan had the tow-behind smoker and grill combo, covered canopy cooking areas, camper, cold beverages and more. Dan said when he tailgates, "Go Big - or Go Home!" But, when it comes to recipes and cooking - “The simpler, the better! - But don't skimp on the flavor.”
Here's my version, or Dan's version, of really, really easy grilled pork chops!
- 4 - 6 pork chops
- 1 small can crushed pineapple
- 1 cup orange juice
- Dash of ginger
- Salt and pepper
Place your chops in a shallow baking pan or zip-close bag and top with the pineapple and orange juice. Chill overnight. Grill as you normally would.
Boneless lean chops make for great sandwiches. Bone-in chops or pork steaks also work great with this citrus marinade. You can also use with ribs, chicken, and even seafood.